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“Meganola” basalactifera sp. n.


"Meganola" basalactifera

6-9mm. The forewings are divided centrally by two closely parallel, slightly curved black fasciae, distal to which is a whitish band and a generally pale grey marginal zone. Basal to these fasciae the wing is extensively cream in colour, surrounded by a medium grey zone that is broader costally. In general appearancethe species resembles somewhat the European
“M.” togatulalis Hübner, but this is a larger species lacking the definite whitish band distal to the black ones and having the paler part of the basal zone nearer the costa than the dorsum. The Brunei specimen listed below is smaller, the grey areas of the wings darker than in the other two. The male genitalia have the uncus robust, tapering, with a narrower apical spine. The valves are rather narrow, tongue-like, with a harpe that is acute distally and in a basal spur, with smaller teeth along its dorsal margin between these two spines. The apex of the aedeagus is densely and extensively spined. The vesica is rather sock-like, with a short, broad cornutus on the ‘heel’. The female genitalia (Himalayan specimen) have a very broad ostium, a funnel-like ductus with a lateral lobe, and a narrow bursa that lacks a signum.

Holotype . SARAWAK: Gunong Mulu Nat. Park, R.G.S. Exped. 1977-8 (J.D.Holloway et al.), Site 10, February, Camp 1, Mulu, 160m. 386470, mixed dipt. for., BM noctuid slide 17552.

Paratypes: 1 as holotype but Site 15, February, Mulu, Camp 2.5, 1000m. 413461, lower montane forest; 1 (slide 17551) BRUNEI: Kg. Kapok, 5.iii.1992 (G. Ping).

Geographical range. Borneo, N.E. Himalaya (Khasia Hills; slides 17727, 17728).

Habitat preference. The three specimens are from a coastal area with mangrove (Kampong Kapok), lowland dipterocarp forest and lower montane forest.

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